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The Treehouse Nursery

We had the pleasure of welcoming Fiona and Rhona from The Treehouse Nursery on the RGU campus on site last week.

Fiona, Rhona and Stuart

Fiona and Rhona visited to see around the site and discuss with Stuart possibilities for their nursery kids to visit in the year ahead.

I am sure we will all agree it would be great to see more youngsters on site enjoying the open air and getting a taste for gardening and growing their own food.

Introducing Rory Raitt

We met Rory on his first visit on site today.

Rory is a professional photographer here in Aberdeen and is interested in using Garthdee Field as the focus for a Photo Essay with the intention of celebrating allotments as important green spaces.

I am sure all plotters will give Rory a warm Garthdee welcome when he is next on site. But don’t pester him too much for portraits of your prize parsnips!

Going Wild in the Garden

Wild About Gardens has been set up by The Wildlife Trust and the RHS to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to help support nature.

They are running a special feature on wildlife ponds and have produced a very useful guide to setting up a mini-pond and the benefits and joys it will bring.

RGU ride to the rescue

Plotters may have noticed that recently the volunteer squad have been struggling to keep up with the frequent wood-chip deliveries and the piles have been encroaching on the paths and car park areas.

So it was great when Colin from RGU offered to bring over their tractor, ‘on the next wet day,’ to push back the piles. Thanks go to Anne (Plot 92a) for facilitating this – and to Colin of course.

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New Dobies Catalogue and Code

Autumn’s here and so is the new Dobies’ Seed Catalogue. Copies are now available in the Octagon.

New plotters may not be aware that GFAA is a member of the Dobies’ Group Scheme. Under this scheme, GFAA plotters get a 40% discount on all seeds ordered by post, online or by telephone, or 10% on all other non-seed orders. (Please note this is Dobies with one “b” and not Dobbies – the garden centre with the local branch in Aberdeen.

To get the discount you must quote the unique to GFAA code when you place your order. Forget to use the code as you order and no discount is possible. The current code is available with the catalogues in the Octagon. Past codes will no longer work. If you can’t get by the Octagon, but want to order online, drop me an email and I will send the code by return (

GFAA gets a payment of 10% of all orders placed for our funds, making this a win-win for plotters and the Association. Orders go directly to your home address in individual deliveries. What’s not to like?

Dobies Group Scheme Bonus

GFAA funds have benefited to the tune of £30.87 from our Dobies bonus payment for the season ending September 2019. That is a wee bit down on last year, but still makes a welcome contribution to our funds: you know what they say – every little helps.

Please note that our new catalogues and plotter’s discount code will be issued in the next few weeks, but in the meantime the old code will NOT work. Please wait for the issue of the new code before ordering.

Next year will be the third year we have been members of the scheme. The arrangements are the same. Plotters receive a 40% discount on all seed orders and 10% on other items bought and GFAA get a 10% bonus payment on the total value of the orders placed.

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